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Regulating Internet Safety: Winners and Losers

January 28 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

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In the nearly half-century since the Internet was born, it has grown to be an indispensable part of everyday life for all manner of personal, business, social, academic, and political purposes. Despite heavy reliance on the Internet, online activity — from lawyer/client communications, medical consultations, and mundane pet pictures to social media platforms — remains largely unregulated in Canada.

Successive governments have tried to fashion laws to make the internet a safer place, and Canadians have once again been promised new laws to combat serious forms of harmful online content, and automated mechanisms to identify unlawful content.

In celebration of Data Privacy Day, join the Privacy and Access Council of Canada and special guests to explore how something that sounds so good — providing a safe online experience — promises to shake the foundations of personal and professional privacy, and make our lives an open book.

About the Speaker

Mark BuellMark Buell is the Regional Vice President for North America at the Internet Society. In this role, he works with a variety of stakeholders in Canada, the United States, and around the world, from policymakers and community members to the technical community and civil society. With 20+ years of experience in policy and communications, Mark takes a collaborative approach to the difficult challenges facing the Internet today.

Prior to joining the Internet Society, Mark worked on Canadian Internet policy and global Internet governance at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the registry for the .CA country code top-level domain.

Mark began his professional career working for 10 years in Indigenous health policy, first at an Inuit land claim organization in the Western Canadian Arctic, then as Director of Communications and Research at the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Inspired by the potential of Internet access to enhance the health and wellbeing of communities, Mark became interested in Internet policy.

Mark is based in Ottawa, Canada where he lives with his partner, two teenage sons, and his German Shepherd.


Earn CPD Credits

This program is approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) applicable toward PACC Professional Certification, and may be recognized for continuing legal educational requirements by Law Societies in Canada and beyond.

For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.


January 28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST